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Dewsbury Hospital suspends patient visitors due to Covid-19 and norovirus outbreak

Visitors are only allowed in one ward at Dewsbury and District Hospital due to high numbers of Covid-19 and norovirus cases.

Dewsbury Hospital has suspended visitors to all but one ward in response to high numbers of patients testing positive for Covid-19 and norovirus.

All patients except those on ward 9 – the acute elderly care unit – will not be allowed to have a guest visit until further notice.

A director of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which oversees Dewsbury and District Hospital, said the guidance is being reviewed “on a day-to-day basis” and “restrictions will be lifted accordingly”.

Due to the pandemic, patients were previously only allowed to have one visitor per visit and visitors were required to book an appointment with the department before turning up.

David Melia, Director of Nursing and Quality at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals
NHS Trust, said: “Unfortunately, due to a number of Covid-19 positive patients in various wards at Dewsbury and District Hospital, and an outbreak of norovirus, we are not currently allowing visitors to any wards other than Ward 9. This is being reviewed on a day-by-day basis and restrictions will be lifted accordingly.

“We understand how difficult this can be for families and loved ones, but we need to
do everything we can to protect those who are vulnerable, and to keep all of our
patients, staff and visitors safe.

Further information regarding visiting is available on
our website and social media channels, and we will notify the public once visiting
restrictions have been lifted.”

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